Events Calendar

August 4, 2012

Denver Interfaith Initiative Hosts Dr. Pernessa Seele, HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Description: The Greater Denver Interfaith Initiative (GDII), the Metro Denver Pan-­‐Helenic Council, the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver will partner to host Dr. Pernessa Seele for a public lecture with a reception following. The presentation is entitled “Framing Critical Responses to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in the African American Community.” The event will be held on the University of Denver campus in the Morgridge College of Education.

The event is free and open to the public and is offered as one of many of the University of Denver’s Presidential Debate events this summer.

As the founder and CEO of a national faith-based nonprofit organization, the Balm in Gilead, Inc., a leading advocate of black church responsiveness to the AIDS crisis, Dr. Pernessa Seele is one of the country’s most prominent voices on issues of HIV/AIDS and other health disparities. The combination of urban poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic affecting African American people disproportionately, resulting in African Americans dying at increasingly alarming rates, requires a large scale response from the black church and society at large that is comparable to the Civil Rights Movement. Alarming statistics indicate that: African Americans at 12 percent of the country’s population represent as high as 51 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS; African American women are as high as 68 percent of the newly diagnosed cases of HIV among women of all racial/ethnic groups in the country; and African American youth between the ages 13 and 19 represent 15 percent of American youth, yet 66 percent of America’s teens living with HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Seele’s presentation will provide vital information for the long overdue public discourse, which dispels ignorance, demystifies stigma and pose critical responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic facing African Americans collectively.

This event has been generously sponsored by: the Greater Denver Interfaith Initiative (GDII), the Metro Denver Pan-Helenic Council, the University of Denver, The Iliff School of Theology, Colorado Black Health Collaborative, Denver Health, Issue of Blood Outreach and Consulting Service, New Hope Baptist Church Health Ministry, Northeast Denver Islamic Center, Park Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church Health Ministry, Veterans of Hope

Date: Aug. 4, 6 p.m. – Public Talk; 7 p.m. – Reception

Location: University of Denver Morgridge College of Education, 1999 E. Evans Ave., Denver, 80208

Info/Contact: Free and open to the public. To RSVP, please register online at: All questions about this event can be directed to Dr. Carroll Watkins Ali at 303-297-8010 ext.
104 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Executive Director, Greater Denver Interfaith Initiative) or Johanna Leyba at 303-871-7661 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Assistant Provost for Campus and Community Partnerships, University of Denver).